The City of Kennesaw will host its 14th annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival at Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw, on Aug. 22 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., rain or shine. Entrance to the festival is free.
For the second consecutive year, the festival’s presenting sponsor is Superior Plumbing.
More than 50 cook teams, composed of pit masters from across the Southeast, are set to compete for more than $16,000 in cash prizes, including a Primo ceramic grill and artisan handcrafted pottery “trophies.” Contest divisions include a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned and Georgia State Championship professional contest for seasoned cookers and a backyard contest strictly for fun. Ancillary events include an “Anything Butt” and peach dessert contest. This year’s cash purse is the largest in the history of the festival.
Dozens of vendors, including several cook teams, will be selling barbecue, beer and other festival foods, as well as arts, crafts and general merchandise. The SCANA Energy stage, featuring area dance ensembles and other family entertainment, will be located in the festival’s Kid Zone, along with free and pay-to-play inflatables, interactive games and other child-friendly activities. Festival organizers have also secured a new thrill attraction — a 32-foot-high, 300-foot-long mobile zip line that can accommodate single and tandem riders.
Live music will be offered on both days. Performers on the XFINITY Main Stage include Sons-N-Britches, Johnny Cash Now, The Rhubarbarians, Kyle Grubb, Kate and Corey, the Georgia Blues Brothers and Sol Junky. The Miller Lite Second Stage will feature solo artists and duos including Peachy Pyron, Krysta Nick, Sylvan Rails and “Roger Hurricane” Wilson.
“We’ve lined up some amazing talent this year,” according to Special Events Coordinator Laurel Fleming. “Sons-N-Britches was voted the best band in Cobb County by readers in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Cobb Life magazine; Johnny Cash Now recently played at the Johnny Cash Museum Event Center in Nashville; and our Saturday headliner (Sol Junky) are seasoned musicians on the Atlanta festival scene.”
For more information, call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714 or visit www.pigsandpeaches.com.